Dates and deadlines for the 2022 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) have not yet been  announced. Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition  was designed to engage students’ creativity and encourage participation in computer  science and coding. Middle and high school students nationwide will compete within  their congressional district by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,”  for mobile, tablet, or computer devices. 

Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online by Monday, October 19, 2020 and provide a YouTube or VIMEO video explaining their app  and what they learned through this competition process. 

Eligibility 

The CAC is open to all middle and high school students in the Fourth District, or who are  eligible to attend public school in the district. Students can compete as an individual or  on a team of up to four students. At least two members on any team must meet these  eligibility requirements. View a complete list of rules and additional information here.  This program is intended to introduce students to software development, and thus does  not necessarily require a coding background, just a readiness to learn.

Registration 

To enter, the student must register on the App Challenge’s website. All entries must be  original in concept, design and execution. 

Resources 

               o Apple iOS Developer Program 

               o Android Develop for Android 

               o Windows Apps 

Judging Process 

A panel of local judges will choose the district’s winner around late October. I will  announce and recognize this year’s winner at a reception here in the district, and the  winning app will also be displayed in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. The winning app gets the following prizes: 

  •  The winning app in each district will be featured on the House.gov website  and the CongressionalAppChallenge.us website. 
  •  The Program Administrator (the Internet Education Foundation) may  distribute additional prizes equally to all participating Congressional Districts. 
  • Each district may provide prizes to district winners. A Member of Congress’  office may provide authorized gifts or awards of nominal value as part of  the app competition. Gifts authorized by the Members of Congress’  Handbook include certificates, folders, and frames of a nominal value

Contact 

Visit the CAC’s website for further information. For additional questions, please contact  Shindler Auguste at (203) 333-6600 or Shindler.Auguste@mail.house.gov.